What a shot of a young Green Woodpecker!
I spent a fornight trying to get a reasonable shot of a family group in a walnut grove in France earlier in the summer (remember that?) and failed miserably.
So Rich Steel's latest pics are all the more impressive.
Thanks for the shots Rich, over to you.....
He explains: "I haven't been doing much bird photography in the last couple of weeks as it has been quite quiet and have mainly chasing round after hares which has been going very well.
I took a trip down south to Lymington in Hampshire and Wells in Somerset and managed to snap a few of the local residents.
Yaffle-wise, Rich says: "I was pleased to finally get a Green Woodie shot as they are a nightmare to photograph".
Superb shots as usual (link to Rich's site is on the right), I wish the egrets, herons and terns on the Sefton coast would behave as well as that, although it probably wouldn't make much diffrerence to my pix.
Had a quick look at Plex Moss yesterday evening inbetween the showers - singing Yellowhammer still in Haskayne Cutting, Stock Doves in with the Woodpigeons and a big flock of corvids near Getten's Farm - about 200 birds, mainly Jackdaws, but at least 50 Rooks, both adults and juvs.
Seven very bedraggled Kestrels perched up on various roadside posts.
All the nightcloud means little chance of seeing the Perseid meteor showers that are meant to be whizzing across the firmament at the moment.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...